Jul 11th, 2014

By Bill Allen

Chamber President/CEO

What a wonderful problem to have – new companies are coming to our region all bringing with them the kind of higher pay­ing jobs that we are looking for. Union Pacific, Certoplast, Franco Whole Foods and CN Wire have all either officially opened for busi­ness or announced their intentions to relocate to Doña Ana County.

With these organizations will come more than 1,000 jobs. How do we best fill those po­sitions?

Workforce readiness is a problem all over the country.

Thankfully, we have both short-term and long-term plans to deal with this issue.

Start with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance’s ... Continue Reading

Jul 14th, 2014

Eatery offers hospitable environment, friendly staff


With many different restaurants to choose from in Las Cruces, restaurants need to go above and beyond to attract cus­tomers.

What attracts customers? What about a location that let’s you travel back in time with great food and products.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store first opened in 1968. Danny Evins knew way back that the folks traveling down the rela­tively new interstate highway would be trav­eling back in the other direction. He knew that if he offered good country cooking at a fair price with a side of genuine hospitality, they ... Continue Reading

Jul 14th, 2014

In 1880s Las Cruces, most of the Republicans were the native New Mexicans and the Democrats were immigrants from Texas. These two cultures had very different ways of looking at the world and how things should be done. Th enewspapersatthat time were either Democrat or Republican and even reflected that fact in their names, like “The Rio Grande Republican” or “The Thirty-Four,” thirty­four referring to the 1878 or 1880 election where Democrats won by 34 votes. Your political leaning even dictated what side of Main Street you walked on.

Today we talk about political divides, but they truly are less defined ... Continue Reading

Jul 16th, 2014

There is a good deal of focus in the month’s issue of the Bottom Line on workforce readiness. Workforce readiness is not strictly related to people that might be interested in the large number of new jobs coming to town – it should be looked at by all of us.

I had the opportunity to talk with a colleague that just came back from a program at one of our nation’s most prestigious business schools. It was so refreshing to see how energized she was by her experience. Our conversation made me think about what I am doing to keep current, ... Continue Reading

Jul 17th, 2014

U.S. Chamber advocates for standards

With all of the effort that the Chamber is undertaking to help support local busi­ness in terms of workforce development, it is both comforting and scary to see that we are not alone.

The following information can be found on the US Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.uschamber.com, under “Issues” and “Education”: Nothing is more important to America’s economic future than the de­velopment of a workforce with the skills and knowledge required to compete in the global economy.

That development starts in the classroom and extends the length of a working person’s career.

The reality, however, is that America’s ... Continue Reading